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2008 world rankings: SFU still in Times top 200

November 13, 2008

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By Stuart Colcleugh

SFU is again among the top 200 universities in the world in The Times of London’s 2008 survey of the world’s best schools, known as the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings. The university placed 164th this year, slipping 29 positions from number 139 in 2007, the first year it placed in the top 200.

"We were dragged down by the ranking of surveyed world employers who placed us at number 211, but I wouldn’t read too much into that," says Don MacLachlan, SFU director of public affairs and media relations. "We’ve been told by Times people involved in this process that the numbers can go up and down as much as 50–100 places, for many reasons."

This year’s rankings were based on a record number of responses from academics and employers, as well as thoroughly researched data on citations, staffing levels and the proportions of international faculty and students. More than 6,000 academics gave opinions on the leading universities in their own discipline. The results were weighted to ensure representation both geographically and by subject.

SFU did relatively well this year in several categories, placing 109th in overall academic ranking, 64th in social sciences, 116th in engineering and information technology, 132nd in academic peer ranking, 155th in life sciences and biomedicine, and 165th in natural sciences. www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/
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